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Tokyo: Peak Colors

The last time Sam was in Tokyo about five days ago, he reported that the colors in the city were mostly at their best. In those five days, lower temperatures encouraged the rest of the places that were lagging behind to catch up and be at their best this week.

Today, I visited a few popular autumn leaf spots in Tokyo and found that most of the gardens were still at their peak and should remain at their best till the end of this week if the weather remains good.

Aoyama Icho Namiki:
Beyond Peak

My first stop for the day was the ever popular Ginkgo Avenue, also known as Icho Namiki in Aoyama. Today, while there was still yellow leaves on the trees, many trees were starting to sport bald patches and empty tops. There should still be enough yellow on the trees over the next few days, but I do not expect the trees to look amazing by this weekend. Until December 3, the Icho Festival will be held at the field at the end of the avenue from 10:00 to 20:00. During the festival, the road betwen the rows of trees will be closed from 17:00 to 20:00 and the trees illuminated, providing a great photo opportunity for all.

Looks pretty good from this angle
Bare trees around Shake Shack
Loved the morning light
The side that peaks early, sheds its leaves early
The side that stayed green longer, turns yellow later

Rikugien Garden:
Peak Color

Moving on to Rikugien Garden, I found the colors here to be just at their peak with room for a bit more improvement. The area near the Someimon Gate and the Tsutsuji Teahouse had the best colors in the garden, while the rest of the trees dotted around the garden were also showing quite impressive colors. I expect best viewing period to continue to the end of the week and possibly into the first week of December. Until December 6, Rikugien will be open from 9:00 till 21:00 (last entry at 20:30) and the garden will have a lit up event from sunset to closing.

Rikugien Garden
So colorful in the wooded area not far from the Someimon Gate
Tsutsuji teahouse
Leaves against leaves
Maple grove
In between two fiery trees at Togetsukyo Bridge, Rikugien Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen:
Peak Color

My last stop for the day was Koishikawa Korakuen not far from Tokyo Dome. I found the trees here to be at their peak with amazing and vibrant colors everywhere in the park. I expect the best viewing period to continue for the next few days and possibly through this weekend before they start to decline.

Watch out! There's a huge golf ball headed our way
First look at Koishikawa Korakuen
Looking down at the vivid colors from the Tsutenkyo Bridge
Around the Shiroito Waterfall
Looking up up and up
Reflecting in the inner garden
Sitting in the shade, in the orangey shade
Near the main gate
Maple grove color madness

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